HC Deb 06 July 1893 vol 14 cc969-70
MR. BARLOW (Somerset, Frome)

I beg to ask the Parliamentary Charity Commissioner if the Charity Commissioners made, or will they make, public inquiry into the extensive Charity known as Booth's Charity, Salford, and will they by scheme or legislation deal with this Charity whose trust has not been reviewed for nearly 50 years, and whose income within that time has increased accordingly, and are they satisfied from the information in their possession that the cost of management of this Charity is not excessive?


A local public Inquiry was held by an Assistant Commissioner in December, 1892. The Charity Commissioners would feel them- selves precluded from establishing a Scheme under their ordinary jurisdiction, the Charity being administered under an Act of Parliament. They would not, for reasons explained in their 15th (p. 4) and 16th (p. 6) Reports made to Her Majesty, and in the evidence given in 1884 before a Select Committee of the House of Commons on the Charitable Trusts Acts (Questions 143, &c, and 2876, &c), feel justified in attempting to exercise the special jurisdiction of submitting a Scheme to Parliament under Section 54 and the following sections of the Charitable Trusts Act, 1853, unless assured that the Scheme would not be opposed, or that the Government would support the Bill necessary to confirm the Scheme.